LibriVox recording of The Wrong Box, by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne. Read by Andy Minter.
The Wrong Box is a comedy about the ending of a tontine (a tontine is an arrangement whereby a number of young people subscribe to a fund which is then closed and invested until all but one of the subscribers have died. That last subscriber then receives the whole of the proceeds). The story involves the last two such survivors and their relations, a train crash, missing uncles, surplus dead bodies and innocent bystanders. A farce really. (Summary by AJM)
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February 5, 2010 Subject:
I don't know when I've enjoyed a story more. Maybe there weren't any pirates but this character-driven story is truly hilarious and wonderful and Andy Minter's reading brings it brilliantly to life.
December 9, 2009 Subject:
Robert Louis Stevenson "lite"
This is a fun frolic, quite amusing and intriguing for the first half but grew a bit stale by the second. Mr. Minter's narration was excellent and was probably the reason why I stuck with book long after I grew bored with the tale. Probably would be more enjoyable if you don't go into it expecting one of Stevenson's "yipping good yarns" but rather a light comedy.